Geographic Concentrations and Increasing Returns: A Survey of Evidence

34 Pages Posted: 24 May 2002

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Paolo Surico

London Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

Economic activities are highly clustered. Why is geographic concentration becoming a predominant feature of modern economies? On the basis of the empirical models developed by the 'new' theories of international trade, our answer is that increasing returns are the driving force of economic geography in the US as well as in Europe. In so doing, we review econometric methods proposed in the literature to separate and to test alternative theoretical paradigms.

Keywords: Increasing returns, market access, demand and cost linkages, large-scale agglomeration

JEL Classification: C52, F11, F12, R12

Suggested Citation

Surico, Paolo, Geographic Concentrations and Increasing Returns: A Survey of Evidence (April 2002). FEEM Working Paper No. 29.2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=313579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.313579

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